Bug exterminators come across creatures we hope to never encounter! A variety of bug & insect invasions have consistently been pests to home and business owners. Even with immense growth in pest control technology and the numerous means the humankind has mastered over years to subdue Mother Nature, rare creatures continue to arise.
While some of these invasions may not have been too big a nuisance, others have often caused havoc to homes, property, neighborhoods, city & environment.
Below are a list of short descriptions of ten such occurrences, which we hope will raise awareness about the need of effective & efficient pest control provisions and services.
1. Houston Rasberry Crazy Ant
These bugs are lethal. Named after Houston-area bug exterminator Tom Rasberry, these crazy ants are known to destroy entire homes, manufacturing units and commercial outfits. According to Mr. Rasberry, these voracious critters reproduce so fast that they can cover a one-acre field with billions of their kind in a matter of a few hours. And they are not actually crazy for food items, but chew through all sorts of electrical devices, equipment, wares causing short-circuits and all kinds of other nuisances. In 2014 alone, besides wrecking a number of residential properties, the invasion caused more than one factory units to shut off their productions temporarily!
2. Hungry for Money
A bizarre incident happened at a Lucknow, India bank in 2011 when it was found that a large contingent of termites had somehow made their way through into the inside of a steel chest and chewed through Indian currency notes to an aggregate of 10 million rupees ($222,000). The manager of the bank reportedly was at his wit's end trying to guess how on earth the termites could have crept into the steel chest
3. Caterpillars Wrecking a Car
Another equally bizarre event, this time at the city of Rotterdam, Holland, took place in 2009 when an army of caterpillars took shelter in a car at a car park and spun a huge web along the entirety of a car to protect themselves from potential attacks from birds and wasps. When, about a month later, they eventually turned to moths and flew away thereby releasing the car, the vehicle was so much covered with thick layers of slime that it was difficult to even recognize the object!
4. Cicadas in the East Coast
Those living in the east coast cities in the US, periodical cicadas invasion in the cities as well as in the suburbs must be a fairly familiar circumstance. Normally they come up to the surface from underground, around tress and grassy areas, every 13 to 17 years which is the time it takes a cicada to form wings and evolve from their ur-nymph wingless form.
The catch is, however, that there are close to fifteen broods of cicadas found on the east coast, so you can realistically expect these invasions to happen pretty much every year! However, on the good side, apart from the ear-splitting buzz they make, these critters do not cause any tangible harm to us.
5. Grasshopper Invasion in New Mexico
In the recent years, the residents of the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico have noticed that the grasshopper population have grown, and at an alarming rate, too! In fact, the year 2014 saw the worst grasshopper infestation in the city.
And this may have some direct association with climate change. Since according to expert entomologists, the infestation was caused by a dry winter. A lack of winter meant that most egg pots were not killed and had survived, which is why the infestation. Although the grasshoppers can destroy large quantities of crops, the County Cooperative Extension Service still urged locals not to use pesticides since the latter could have caused even more harm!
6. Snake & Insect Invasion
Now, to go back more than a century later, a curious thing happened when the mean volcano Mt. Pelee Acute; located on the Caribbean island of Martinique, went active in 1902. The eruption obliterated an approx. 28,00 people from the nearby city of St. Pierre, but at the same time, it also drove a large number of venomous snakes and a host of other insects into the neighboring villages which reportedly resulted in a loss of more than 50 human lives.
7. Fish Flies in Minnesota
Again, from a relatively remote history, we have the account of billions of fish flies blocking the local roadways and bridges in Hastings, Minnesota in 1957--causing a deep and heavy drift, thereby effectively bringing the traffic to a hours-long halt.
8. The 'Bugnado' in Iowa
Something of a similar nature occurred in 2011, when a huge drove of midges, an aquatic insect, swept all over the cornfields of Iowa. The initial alarm was mitigated when it became clear that the insects, apart from creating a heavy slick on the road and thus disrupting the traffic, were otherwise quite harmless.
9. Ladybug Invasion
Most of the above incidents will normally appear as somewhat freakish. However, if we are to talk of more regular phenomena, the ladybug invasion of residential properties is quite common to many cities as well as rural regions in the United States. The invasions typically take place in March-April and in September. Although these tiny and otherwise adorable looking bugs do not cause any direct harm to your property, you certainly won't want them to layer every piece of furniture and equipment at your home!
10. Stink Bug Invasion
Way more obnoxious is what is commonly known as stink bug invasion. When active, they generally invade older and drafty houses and secrete a bad-testing, foul-smelling substance when squashed or even vacuumed, spreading a foul odor throughout the house.
As we can see from above, events of bug invasions (no matter of what type) are anything but out of the ordinary. This is why it is important to have the contacts of a reliable bug exterminator or pest control services from your locality handy. For you never know what kind of emergency may arise!